BBC Newsnight last night broadcast an interview with Ian Livingstone, discussing the current of state of computer science education in the UK. You can watch the interview on the BBC iplayer.
Ian Livingstone is one of the founding fathers of the UK’s interactive entertainment industry, and will be continuing this discussion in his keynote at our Partners in Learning UK Forum. So come and join that discussion by registering for this free to attend event.
In 1975 he co-founded Games Workshop and launched Dungeons & Dragons in Europe. He sold his remaining interest in Games Workshop in 1991. At Games Workshop he published White Dwarf in 1977, the UK’s first interactive games magazine and was its editor for 5 years.
In 1982 he co-wrote The Warlock of Firetop Mountain with Steve Jackson, the first in the Fighting Fantasy series of interactive gamebooks with sales in excess of 16 million copies in 25 languages. He wrote more than 20 books in the series including Deathtrap Dungeon.
In 1984 he invested in Domark, one of the first UK computer games publishers, designing the company’s first game Eureka. He joined the board in 1992 and helped merge the company with Eidos Technologies. Following a full listing on the London Stock Exchange in 1995, he served as Executive Chairman of Eidos plc from 1995 until 2002, and subsequently as Creative Director. At Eidos he helped to secure many of the company’s major franchises including Lara Croft:Tomb Raider and Hitman.
In 2011 in collaboration with NESTA he co-authored Next Gen: Transforming the UK into the world’s leading talent hub for the video games and visual effects industries. You can read that report here.
He is Life President, Eidos, a Non-Executive Director of SocialGO plc, Non-Executive Director of UKIE, Chair of Skillset’s Computer Games Skills Council, Vice Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee, Member of the Creative Industries Council, Trustee of GamesAid and an advisor to the British Council.
He has been awarded an OBE, a BAFTA Special Award, a British Inspiration Award, the Develop Legend Award, and an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by Abertay University for his contribution to the UK computer and video games industry.
Along with this keynote, find out who are the recipients of this year’s Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Teacher Awards.The awards will be presented to Teachers who have submitted projects that illustrate the innovative use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Not only will they receive award recognition, but have the chance to be invited to the next Partners in Learning Forum and win a Xbox 360 and Kinect package for their school. These projects will be on display at the event.
Don’t miss out, register today – Registration now open